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  • 1. 25 Years of Preservation in Elgin A Preface Featuring a short history of Old Main
  • 2. Old Main 2007 Photo
  • 3. Old Main 1980 Photo
  • 4. Every Good Story Needs …
    • A visionary goal
    • A few heroes
    • A few pitfalls and challenges
    • An ability to adapt to changing times
    • A happy ending
  • 5. Elgin Academy
    • Chartered in 1839 as school for secondary education
    • It was an idea bigger than the city of 150 residents could support.
    The Vision
  • 6. The Visionary
  • 7. Elgin Academy
    • The doors open December 1, 1856.
    • Open to persons of all religious denominations
    • Open to both men and women.
    • Courses last 1, 2 or 3 years.
    The Vision
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  • 11. A Bailout?
    • The Civil War slump in enrollment leads to financial problems. The Academy need $3,000 to avoid foreclosure.
    • Voters reject the idea of city money being used to buy shares in the school.
    • 111 Nays, 45 Yeas.
    The Challenges and Pitfalls
  • 12. A Hero “ It’s a blame shame to the citizens of Elgin to permit this sale. I will be the one to redeem it.”
  • 13. A new businesses plan The Ability to Adapt
  • 14. n The Ability to Adapt
  • 15. Elgin Public High School
    • In 1884 a new, a free, public high school opens…
    • Dependent entirely on tuition paying students the Academy runs into a series of financial crises.
    • “ Is the Academy a real need in our situation and times.” The Elgin Advocate
    The Challenges and Pitfalls
  • 16. Lovell Hall The Ability to Adapt
  • 17. Lovell Hall The Ability to Adapt 3 rd Floor : Wood Shop 2 nd Floor: Machine Shop 1 st Floor : Blacksmith and Foundry
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  • 20. Follow the Money
    • What money?
    • By 1902 a $4,000 donation by trustees saves the day.
    • By 1911, a $40,000 fund raising drive insures that staff will be paid...
    • … Once again.
    The Challenges and Pitfalls
  • 21. “ Lightning Strikes Old Main” “Fire leaves building in Ruins” “Fate of school unknown.” The Challenges and Pitfalls Headlines from August 17, 1911
  • 22. William Grote Judge Nathaniel Sears Laura Davidson Sears The Heroes A 1915 drive raises $65,000.
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  • 24. The Ability to Adapt Open in 1924
  • 25. The Ability to Adapt Another new business plan Draw more affluent students from a wider geographic area.
  • 26. Opened in 1940
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  • 28. The 1960s The Challenges and Pitfalls The Academy survives by selling off the Sears family art collection and other assets. In 1969 Old Main is abandoned.
  • 29. Another fire, 1978
  • 30. A new vision
  • 31. New Heroes
    • Marge Kruger
    • Arno Gerbrecht
    • Clarence Reber
    • Mary Huddleston
    • Leo Nelson
    • Golden K Kiwanis
    • Many, many , many others……
  • 32. As a Museum
    • 1987, First Floor opens
    • 1991, Second Floor opens
    • 1992, Third Floor opens
    • December 2, 2010, you arrive for the plaque ceremony
  • 33. Every Good Story Needs …
    • A visionary goal
    • A few heroes
    • A few pitfalls and challenges
    • An ability to adapt to changing times
    • A happy ending
  • 34. Old Main 2007 Photo